Motorcyclist in high-speed chase arrested

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A Van Buren County motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading police on a high-speed chase, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy spotted the man speeding around 3:45 p.m. in a residential area of the Village of Lawrence, the sheriff’s office said. When the deputy caught up with him at the intersection of E. Saint Joseph Street and Blackman Street, he turned onto Red Arrow Highway at a high rate of speed.

The deputy began to chase the man -– a 48-year-old from the Decatur area whose name has not been released – and the chase topped 100 miles per hour at times, the sheriff’s office said.

The man drove to the area of Territorial Road and 68th Street in Lawrence Township where he turned into a grassy field and lost control of his bike, falling to the ground, according to the sheriff’s office. He got up and continued to try to lose the deputy and Michigan State Police troopers — who were assisting the deputy – but his bike stalled and police were able to take him into custody.

The man is currently in the Van Buren County Jail and is facing charges of fleeing and eluding, driving on a suspended license, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without insurance.

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